Former Campaign Aide: Hillary Clinton Email Scandal Was 'Trivial and Irrelevant' Issue
A former top aide to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign acknowledges in her new book that it was "foolish" not to push back harder on concerns over the former secretary of state's use of a private email server.
Jennifer Palmieri wrote that Clinton wanted to address the issue more forcefully, but her campaign advised her not to. In her book, Palmieri now calls the issue "trivial and irrelevant."
Madam President, I believe this to my very core: If it weren’t her emails, it would have been something else. Another issue equally trivial and irrelevant for which Hillary would have been tortured. Because underneath all the questions about wiping servers and deleting emails lay the fundamental truth that what all of this was really about was there was something about Hillary Clinton folks just didn’t trust. And that something was an intelligent, capable, ambitious woman in a position of power.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Monday that the concerns noted in the book are the very reasons why Clinton is not in office.
"I think the American people recognize she couldn't be trusted and had contempt for the little people who followed the rules," he said.
According to an excerpt of Palmieri's book obtained by The Washington Post, Palmieri also discusses how she believes sexism may have made the issue much more difficult to settle.
"I have weathered a lot of political crises, but never encountered one quite like this. It was a box we could never get out of," said Palmieri, the campaign's director of communications.
Fitton said he and many Americans remain outraged over the perceived special treatment Clinton got from the FBI.
He argued Clinton should have "been arrested for her violations of national security laws."
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